Crack the Code! 20 * C + M + B + 19

Three Kings Day, January 6th


The day has come when all the Christmas decor should be taken down and stored away for next year.  January 6th is Epiphany, or Three King's Day, and is a public holiday in some areas of Germany.  Three King's Day is the day the wise men arrived in Bethlehem with gifts to present to the Christ child.  These men, named Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar followed the star of Bethlehem across the desert to meet the baby Jesus.  With them, they brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.  The gold represented Jesus' royal standing, the myrrh his mortality, and the frankincense his divine birth.

During the day of January 6th, you may have visitors dressed as the three kings at your door.  They are there to offer blessings and accept donations.  They may mark your door or give you a sheet of paper with the markings printed.  So, what do these markings mean and why are they there?  

The markings are typically done with chalk, which has been blessed by a Catholic priest.  Here is how the code is broken down:



20 and 19: This is the current year

*: represents the star of Bethlehem

C, M, B: Christus mansionem benediktat which means "Jesus bless this house".  It is also the initials of the three wise men, which many think the CMB stand for.

+++ : The Holy Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit

A Medieval Christmas Market in a Castle!

The Christmas market at Burg Lichtenburg only runs for one weekend, and this is it! Head to this enormous beautiful castle grounds for a medieval Christmas market that is great fun for the entire family. They will have all the homemade and otherwise crafts, Gluhwein, and food as can be expected at all Christmas markets, but they also have jugglers, knights, crossbow shooting and fire eaters! Check out this market for a fun family event. Fun begins at 12:00 p.m Saturday, December 1st and 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 2nd.


In addition to this awesome market at the castle, there are a TON of markets that opened in our beautiful Rhineland Pfalz as of today. Here is a listing of the markets starting today!

ab 01.12.2018 Weihnachtsmarkt in Kaisersesch

ab 01.12.2018 Weihnachtsmarkt in Bad Münster am Stein-Ebernburg

ab 01.12.2018 Nussknackermarkt im Schlosshof Neuwied-Engers

am 01.12.2018 Weihnachtsmarkt in Morbach

ab 01.12.2018 Weihnachtsmarkt in Schneckenhausen

am 01.12.2018 Weihnachtsmarkt auf Burg Brohleck in Brohl-Lützing

am 01.12.2018 Flerschemer Weihnachtsmarkt in Ober-Flörsheim

ab 01.12.2018 Glühweinfest mit Königsbacher Weihnachtsmarkt im Weinland Königsbach-Neustadt

ab 01.12.2018 Weihnachtsmarkt in Dudeldorf

ab 01.12.2018 Weihnachtsmarkt in Fischbach bei Dahn

am 01.12.2018 Weihnachtsmarkt in Busenberg

ab 01.12.2018 Adventsmarkt in Schallodenbach

am 01.12.2018 Adventsmarkt auf dem Kühbörncheshof bei Katzweiler

ab 01.12.2018 Weihnachtsmarkt in Oberwesel

ab 01.12.2018 Sankt-Andreas-Markt und Kulturweihnachtsmarkt in Landstuhl

ab 01.12.2018 Weihnachtsmarkt in St. Martin

ab 01.12.2018 Christkindelmarkt in Kandel (Pfalz)

am 01.12.2018 Adventsmarkt in Otterberg

ab 01.12.2018 Weihnachtsmarkt in Rhens

ab 01.12.2018 Weihnachtsmarkt in Billigheim-Ingenheim

ab 01.12.2018 Weihnachtsmarkt in Neuleiningen

ab 01.12.2018 Nikolausmarkt in Edenkoben

ab 01.12.2018 Romantischer Weihnachtsmarkt auf Schloss Oberstein in Idar-Oberstein

ab 01.12.2018 Weihnachtsmarkt in Gillenfeld

ab 01.12.2018 Weihnachtsmarkt in Bad Hönningen

ab 01.12.2018 Nikolausmarkt in Oberbreisig

ab 01.12.2018 Weihnachtsmarkt in Zeltingen-Rachtig

am 01.12.2018 Weihnachtsmarkt in Hirschhorn/Pfalz

Fa La La La! Let the Christmas Markets Begin!!!

Koblenz Christmas Market begins 11.23.18

In addition to stalls and lights, the Christmas market offers an extensive supporting program with live concerts, romantic wagon rides, guided tours of the Christmas market and many other attractions.


Weihnachtsmarkt in Bernkastel-Kues begins 11.23.18

The Christmas market in Bernkastel-Kues, which will take place for the 41st time in 2018, is one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in the entire Mosel valley. Popular far beyond the region, it attracts many visitors every year. The scent of roasted almonds, gingerbread and cinnamon waffles will fill your nostrils and of course will tempt you to try it. The backdrop of the medieval half-timbered houses offers the right ambience. The handcrafted offers of the dealers are just worth seeing and so many unique things will change hands here. The lights of the big fir-tree overshadow the festively decorated market and put the visitors in the festive mood. On the historic market square is the largest Advent calendar in the region, where every evening in December a door is opened (on Christmas Eve at 11 clock). Admire the magnificent nativity scenes and let yourself be surprised by the many other offers from the dealers. The highlight of this year's Christmas market is an ice rink on Forum Square in Kues.


Weihnachtsmarkt in Trier begins 11.23.18

In front of the romantic backdrop of the medieval main market, the Christmas market in Trier takes place again this year. The romantic backdrop spreads through the colorful lights a pre-Christmas atmosphere. At more than 95 lovingly decorated wooden houses, the dealers offer a wide range of goods. Here visitors will find Christmas decorations, wooden toys, candles, glasses, gifts, ceramics, Christmas pyramids and much more. Of course, for the physical well-being of the visitors with numerous Christmas delicacies, such as savory sausage, roasted almonds, waffles, gingerbread, potato pancakes, and hot tea and gluhwein. There will also be a cultural stage program with various brass bands and trombone choirs. The Santa Claus delights the hearts of the children and gives small gifts.


Gerhardsbrunner Christmas Market on Saturday, 11.24!

Check out this local Christmas market on Saturday!  They will have delicious treats, Christmas items, and a cozy campfire! 



Additional Christmas markets and wine fests beginning this week!

ab 23.11.2018 Nostalgischer Weihnachtsmarkt im Kasbachtal

ab 23.11.2018 Weihnachtsmarkt in Gerolsheim

ab 23.11.2018 Mosel-Wein-Nachts-Markt in Traben-Trarbach

ab 23.11.2018 Nikolausmarkt in Bad Kreuznach

ab 23.11.2018 Weinbiet-Glühwein-Tage in Neustadt-Mußbacham

ab 24.11.2018 Glühweinfest in Olsbrücken

am 24.11.2018 Weihnachtsmarkt in Klingenmünster

ab 24.11.2018 Mendter Weihnachtsmarkt in Buchholz (Westerwald)

am 24.11.2018 Weihnachtsmarkt in Fischbach-Oberraden

Sankt Martin!

It’s Saint Martin Time! For the past few weeks, the children will have been busy making their lanterns for the parade happening this evening. They will be marching, lanterns lit, through their villages signing songs of the beloved Saint Martin. Many residents will decorate their yards with paper lanterns, and meet in the village square to join the festivities. After the parade, there are many areas holding bonfires, accompanied by warm drinks, treats for the children, and fun.

Traditionally, the Martinsumzüge take place in November. This beautiful and old custom has remained alive in many local districts and delights young and old. For all parades please bring your own cups and drinking vessels for the serving of drinks.

06.11.2018, 17:15 clock
Martinsfeier with the Kita St. Konrad, Reichswaldstraße 34

St. Martin's celebration in the Wildpark Betzenberg
meeting points:
16:30 clock, branch of Stadtsparkasse on the Betzenberg
17:00: Parking Kniebrech, opposite Kneipp club
Together we pull with lanterns and songs through the
Forest to the game park. There the Martinsgeschichte is played. Afterwards, the participants can look forward to a martini fire, many tree flares, hot drinks and a small snack (please think about small change).
For the way home through the forest please flashlights
bring! Please no torches and open fire!

09.11.2018, 18:00 clock
Martinsfeier with the kindergarten Marienheim, St. Maria Church / St. Marien Square 1

09.11.2018, 18:00
Martinszug, Catholic Church Kaiserslautern-Morlautern

Big Martinsumzug
Meeting point: 18:00 clock in front of the Martinskirche
Lantern train through the city center to Rathausplatz to Martinsspiel and Martin fire

11.11.2018, 18:00 clock
Martinsfeier of the catholic church Kaiserslautern-Erfenbach
Word of God celebration to St. Martin
Then lantern procession to the market square to the Martin fire

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Something Different for the Weekend?!

Cattle March!

Check out this fun event that involves cows, an autumn afternoon, and a walk through pastures. During the last Saturday of October, the cattle of Finkenbach-Gersweiler will make their way from the mountain pastures to the valley. In addition to the decorated cattle, they will have food and beverages and a children's program with petting zoo. The cows will arrive at 2:30 in the village and it will be a sight, as they will be decorated with beautiful flowers and bells. This is a fun experience not to be missed! The festivities start at 11:00 on Saturday, October 27th. Neugasse 6 Finkenbach-Gersweiler,67822 Germany


Wendelinus Market

Ramstein will hold it's "Wendelinus Market this Saturday and Sunday. Saint Wendelinus is known to have answered the prayers and protect livestock for the local people. The market will have booths offering a variety of goods, beverages, and foods. There will be entertainment, a carousel for the kids, and a French market. The market will be open from 1100-1800 on Saturday and Sunday. Stores are open for shopping from 1300-1800. Ramstein City Center Am Neuen Markt Ramstein, 66877 Germany


Roasted Chestnuts and a HUGE Ktown Kerwe!

Oktoberkerwe in Kaiserslautern

Eleven days full of fun and excitement - this is what the Oktoberkerwe promises again this autumn at the trade fair square in Kaiserslautern. The Kerwe will open tonight, the 19th of October, at 5:00 p.m. You will find fast-moving rides, cozy beer gardens and lots of culinary delights offer the nicest change from everyday life. From the 19th to the 29th of October small and big Kerwefans have the opportunity to celebrate properly. Special program points: On Wednesday, the 24th of October, is a big family day, at which the half-fare and entrance fees as well as the many special offers apply until 11 pm for the first time. Finally, with a magnificent thank-you fireworks, the fairgrounds and showmen say goodbye to their guests on Monday, October 29, at dusk.  Saturday, October 20 through October 29th, from 11 AM – 11 PM at Messeplatz, 67657 Kaiserslautern.


Verkaufsoffener Sonntag

This Sunday, 10.21 from 1300-1800, the shops in Ktown will be open for shopping! Fußgängerzone Kaiserslautern Fackelstr 67655 Kaiserslautern.

Chestnut Market

The village of Hauenstein hosts the oldest chestnut market of the Palatinate region. The chestnut, or Kastanian, is very popular and plentiful in Germany.Numerous booths offer various chestnut dishes and products such as bread, bratwurst, Saumagen (stuffed pig´s stomach), soup, cakes, liqueur etc. Furthermore, the vendor´s goods range from fruits, pumpkins, roasted chestnuts, honey to cheese, freshly smoked trout, Palatinate fruit brandy and wine (Federweißer). The market is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hauenstein is known as the shoemakers` village. A large number of shoe stores and other shops are open for Sunday shopping from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Schulstrasse 4 Hauenstein, 76846


Pumpkin, Truck or....Slaughter Fest?

Pumpkins, Pumpkins, PUMPKINS!

This is a great pumpkin festival with lots of delicious food, fun activities for the whole family, and it’s close to Ktown! 🎃 Farm festival in Gerhardsbrunn 🎃Tomorrow our farm festival takes place in great weather. Come over, there's a lot to discover ;) Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 11 AM – 6 PM Adam - Müller Straße 11, 66894 Gerhardsbrunn


Kurbisfest - Pumpkin Festival

Kurbisfest will take place this Sunday, October 14, 2018 from 2 PM – 5 PM at Gartenschau!! Surrounded by pumpkin figures in the midst of autumnal park grounds, the last warm rays of sunshine can best be enjoyed with autumnal dishes, a glass of wine and music. The Bohemians have handpicked gems of music history - purely acoustically arranged for ukulele, guitar and double bass - and will surely find the right piece for the golden autumn vibe. Lauterstraße 51, 67659 Kaiserslautern,


Torpedo Truck Festival

Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 10 AM – 6 PM you can enjoy the culinary highlights of our food trucks at the Torpedo Truck Festival. From Burger🍔, to Sandwich, Mexican to Asian 🍜 we have everything! Our bouncy castle, the Bull riding and the face painting make also the enthusiasm of the smallest guests. In addition, the new Mercedes-Benz Actros and the new Sprinter!  Curious? Then come over. We look forward to seeing you! Opelkreisel 26 Kaiserslautern



The volunteer firefighters from Niedermohr invite you to its traditional “Schlachtfest” on October 13, starting at 6:00p.m. German food and Palatinate specialties are offered such as fresh pork,“Schlachtplatte“, homemade liver dumplings and bratwurst as well as German beer! Canned sausage to take home is sold as well. All dishes are available as food to go. Feuerwache Niedermohr. Schulstrasse 9  Niedermohr, 66879


YESSSS! Weekend is Here!

Zoo Day!

Sunday, October 7, 2018 from 10 AM – 5 PM, our local Kaiserslautern Zoo will be having “Zoo Tag” or Zoo Day. There will be a jungle obstacle course, face painting, riding course, zoo rally, and animals you can have a close encounter with. In addition, the falconer will entertain you on this day with his flight demonstranstrations. The in-house beekeeper will sell locally handcrafted candles and honey from our zoo bees.  Our zoo-restaurant with food and drinks is available for you on our festival meadow and the zoo-team has coffee and homemade cake for you. The team from the zoo welcomes you warmly and wishes you a nice day of adventure in the Zoo-Kaiserslautern.


Landstuhl Culinary Hike

There will be beer, music, food and fun during this culinary hike along a 5 mile trail from the Landstuhl Nanstein Castle to Kindsbach Barenloch. Food and drinks will be available at 6 points during the trail. The hike starts on Saturday from 11 a.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. Begin your hike at Nanstein Castle or Barenloch lake. Am Nanstein Landstuhl, 66849

Marmalade Market!

Head out to a Marmeladenmarkt in Johanniskreuz. If you love Jelly, this is your place! The market features a wide range of products that are characteristic for the harvest season. Visitors can purchase delicious and exotic creations such as cherry-cassis jelly, fig marmalade with rum, pumpkin chutney, fig mustard or chestnut honey. In addition, there will be a large choice of vinegars and home made liquors. Have some Flammkuchen, bratwurst, and other specialties. The market takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Johanniskreuz 1 A Trippstadt, 67705

Farmer’s Market Fun!

The farmers market will be loaded this weekend with over 50 local vendors selling fall harvest items such as pumpkins, apples, sweet corn, handmade cheeses, fresh milk, juices, meats and more. There will also be handcrafted goods and arts demonstrations. There will be a program for the kids including face painting, pumpkin carving, a tractor course, and wheel of fortune! Children aged 6 to 11 years can also register for cooking classes for healthy food at the cooking bus. Three cooking classes will be offered throughout the market hours: from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m.; 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. and 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. To participate at the cooking class please register with the Ramstein Youth Office by calling 06371/466742. Ramstein stores are open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Am Neuen Markt Ramstein, 66877


A German French Market

German French Farmer’s Market

Wild and Wander Park is holding a German-French Farmers' and market on Sunday, 30. September 2018, from 1100 to 1700. Specialities of this world and beyond! Hauptstraße 1, Silz.